The Shift Away From Print

Eileen Gifford Fenton, Roger C. Schonfeld, Inside Higher Ed, Dec 08, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

An examination of the implications of the shift from paper to electronic publishing for libraries and publishers, one that inexplicably completely overlooks the rise of open access publishing and that only briefly mentions blogs and repositories (and then, only as a negative). The most important implication for libraries (other than those just mentioned), it seems to me, is this: "The widespread migration from print to electronic seems likely to eliminate library ownership of new accessions, with licensing taking the place of purchase." Which changes the status of acquisitions from being an investment to being an operating cost, and which eliminates any sense that the library is gathering, preserving, or even making accessible.
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